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Gröbmayr, Verena, 2015. Social dimensions of the German energy transition : on the issue of social justice in a ‘technological’ transformation process. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The energy transition is the showcase project of sustainable development in Germany but often neglects the social dimension that comes along with the technological transformation. In this thesis, I elaborate on the questions of how the energy transition can become socially just but also to what extent it can be perceived as a puzzle piece of a greater transformation. To live up to my demand for inclusive methods of public participation, I carried out a future creating workshop in a rural district in Southern Germany and conceptualized both the participants’ critique and the visions on what a socially just energy transition could look like. By combining the local knowledge with theoretical knowledge from the commons discourse, my findings suggest that the energy transition can hardly become socially just in the dominating economic, political and societal system as such. However, it offers possibilities for social justice by redirecting the emphasis on co-operation in governing the commons and can consequently contribute to a paradigm shift that supports democracy with strong cooperating citizens and social justice.

Main title:Social dimensions of the German energy transition
Subtitle:on the issue of social justice in a ‘technological’ transformation process
Authors:Gröbmayr, Verena
Supervisor:Hansen, Hans Peter
Examiner:Nordström Källström, Helena
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2015
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:energy transition, social justice, future creating workshop, critical utopian action research, commons, transformation processes, democracy, society, Germany, Energiewende
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Energy resources management
Social sciences, humanities and education
Deposited On:14 Jul 2015 08:10
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jul 2015 08:10

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